Of course, the best choice is the purchasing of new tires but it is not really cheap deal and some drivers prefer buying used ones. Used tires in a very good condition can serve for a long time. Also, a lot of drivers are getting rid of still very good tires after one or two years of driving just because they think it is time to buy the new tires. In this case, we have a lot of very good used tires on the market lying around us.
On the other hand, there are a lot of spoilt old tires on the market. If a person buys bad tires it may cause a lot of troubles on the road and may cost money or even lives. Therefore, we should be careful and attentive when buying old tires!
Our main task is to distinguish good used tires from bad ones and buy tires which will work perfectly on the road in any conditions and work for us when braking, turning or skidding. There are a few features which make a difference between good and bad used tires.
First of all, you should pay attention on tire tread. If it is too small the tire will not last for a long time and may not work when braking and skid even on the dry road. Height of the tire tread should not be less than 10 millimeters or 0.4 of an inch. If the wet roads are concern, tread should not be less than 4/32 inch depth. For this reason manufacturers developed tread wear indicator. You can find raised bars in the deepest part of the tread. This will indicate that it is time to change tires. If the amount of tread is not even on the whole area of the cover it is not a good condition. Look at the top of a tire and if the tread is not even on the left and right sides it is better not to buy it.
Secondly, you should check if the tire was previously repaired or not. It may look like a new tire but it was repaired in an unsafe zone and it was the reason why previous owner sold it. If the tire had a puncture in a dangerous zone, do not buy it! The most dangerous places are the side wall, the edge of the tire, or close to its top border. Such tire may blow up on high speed and consequences can be terrible. However, if a puncture was between the grooves of the tread on top of a tire and was repaired perfectly it will last for some time.
Thirdly, tires with deep cracks are not worth buying them. If there are deep cracks on the side of the tire, the top of it or between the grooves it is better to avoid such tires.
Final advice will be to buy used tires only after a proper inspection when you are sure that they are safe to use and you really save money buying them.
There is no question about it. Every day, there are great deals on used tires that can be found. If you know what to look for there are tires that would regularly cost $300 each brand new and could be bought used for only a fraction of the original price. There is however the ugly side to buying used tires – If you do not know what you’re buying, or what to look for when buying used tires you can end up with a pile of junk tires and money wasted in vain. This article is intended to help you avoid any costly mistakes.
Many people may consider used tires someone else’s inherited problem, or piles of junk just because they been previously driven on another vehicle. If you know what to look for in a used tire there are actually quality used tires that you can get for a bargain. These tires could have been on a car that was traded in, a car that was totaled from a wreck, or simply discarded from the previous owner because of personal preference of brand, season type or just simply wanting a better performance tire.
The business you decide to give your business to is also a very important factor to take into consideration. Luckily there are many reputable used tire retailers on eBay that have been in business for many years. They are experts when it comes to used tires and can inspect a tire inside and out for defects. Their tires will usually be mounted on a wheel and test with air for any leaks, belt separations, lumps, or uneven wear. Some of them may even offer a replacement warranty. As a customer it is important to read the full description of an item and ask as many questions that you may have before purchasing. You want to try avoid dealing with any companies that may have a bad feedback rating and try to deal with power sellers or eBay companies that have been around and have a very good feedback rating.
The age of the tire is also another important factor to consider when purchasing used tires, if a used tire is any older than 6 years old you should probably avoid purchasing those tires as they can cause a blow out.
You also want to make sure you stay the with factory recommended tire sizes, speed ratings and load ratings intended for the vehicle. Not doing so will only cause your tires to wear faster than normal making you replace them a lot sooner, and may also cause a tire to blow out and cause an accident. One can always go with a higher load rating or speed rating but never lower. Installing a different tire size on your vehicle that what the factory recommends will more then likely cause your speedometer to be off and may cause clearance issues.
If you have a reason to believe that the tires you currently have on your car are not factory equipment it is always safe to check in your owner’s manual. Tire specification can usually be found on the cars door post on the driver’s side as well. This would be your safest bet to obtaining the specifications for the purchase of your next set of used tires to avoid any costly mistakes.
If you are considering used tires and rims to replace your old tires and rims, you should take note of several factors. These include sizing, rubber cracking, and lump, bumps and repairs. These are all important factors that you need to take note when buying used tires and rims.
More often than not, people are confused on the sizing of tires and rims because it can be difficult to discern the actual of sizes. You should know that the measurement of tires are based on three elements such as width, profile, and rim size. The width refers to the section width of a tire, say, a 195/70 R14. This simply means that the tire is 195 millimeters in width. The profile refers to the sidewall height of the tire. In the example, value 70 represents the profile height of the tire. More often than not, the tire’s profile is not mentioned when buying tires. This means that the tire is in standard profile height, which is usually 82%. However, if you are unsure, it is best to ask the retailer or dealer. Finally, the “R14” in the example represents the rim size, which means the rim is 14 inches.
When buying used tires and rims, make sure you check for cracking of the tread rubber and sidewall by giving it a flex. You may instantly see if there are cracks on the sidewall. It is also best to ask the retailer or dealer if the used tire had any repairs in the past so that you would be aware if it is worth the price or even worth buying. It is preferable to choose used tires that have not yet been repaired to avoid any problems in the future.
It is very helpful to have sufficient knowledge when buying used tires so that you get the worth of your money.